Frequently asked questions
Fall semester 2020 funding is available to students on a first-come, first-served basis through December 13. To access this funding, students must apply electronically through mystarkstate on the “my stuff” tab and click on “CARES Act Application”. Information on how to access mystarkstate can be found here.
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide guidance and information about this funding and the process to apply.
Who is eligible for the CARES Act emergency grants funding?
Students currently enrolled in fall semester 2020 classes at Stark State College who have unforeseen emergency expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus are eligible to apply for emergency funding. To receive the funds, you are required to be eligible to participate in the Title IV (Pell Grant and student loan) financial aid programs. You do not need to be a financial aid recipient but are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not yet filed the FAFSA, you can file at fafsa.gov.
Please note the following exceptions according to the U. S. Department of Education:
- Fall 2020 students who were exclusively enrolled in an online program on or before March 13, 2020, are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants
- College Credit Plus and Early College High School students are not eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants
- International students are not eligible for the emergency financial aid grants
How do I apply for CARES Act funds?
How much money can I get through the CARES Act funding?
To support SSC students, the award amount has increased and is based on your credit hours enrolled:
- 1-5 credit hours $250
- 6-8 credit hours $500
- 9-11 credit hours $750
- 12+ credit hours $1,000
What are the allowable expenses?
Allowable emergency expenses are those unforeseen expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, items related to your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
If I have a job loss, am I eligible?
The CARES Act emergency grant funding for students is not provided to cover lost wages but rather unforeseen emergency expenses.
If I was a student with only online classes before COVID-19, can I still get CARES Act emergency grant funding?
If you were enrolled exclusively in an online program prior to March 13, you are not eligible for funding, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations.
I am a College Credit Plus or Early College High School student. Do I qualify for CARES Act emergency grant funding?
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, dually enrolled high school students are not eligible for emergency funding through CARES Act.
I am an international student. Do I qualify for CARES Act funding?
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the Department of Education, international students are not eligible for emergency funding through the CARES Act.
I am a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) student. Do I qualify for the CARES Act emergency grant funding?
No. In accordance with the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DACA students do not meet the eligibility requirements for the emergency funding through the CARES Act.
What is the FAFSA and how do I access an application?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed by current and prospective college students in the U.S. to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. You’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college and to determine that you meet all of the eligibility requirement to receive CARES Act emergency funding.
I applied for FAFSA in the 2019-2020 school year, do I need to reapply for 2020-2021 school year to qualify for CARES Act funding?
Yes. To be considered for fall 2020 Cares Act funding, we need to have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file for you.
How long does it take for Stark State College to get my FAFSA results?
Typically, FAFSA results are received within 2-5 business days.
How will I be notified if I do qualify or don’t qualify for CARES Act funding?
All communication and notifications of CARES Act funding decisions will be sent directly to your Stark State student email.
If I receive funding in a previous semester am I still eligible to apply for fall?
Yes. If you are a currently enrolled student during the term of your application and have unforeseen emergency expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible for additional funding.
Do I need to be a currently enrolled student to be eligible for CARES Act funding?
Yes, funding is intended for currently enrolled students at Stark State College who meet all of the eligibility requirements listed above.
If I am awarded CARES Act funds, how will I receive the funds?
Approved funding requests will be distributed through BankMobile in accordance with your refund preferences. To create or update your BankMobile account, log on to www.refundselection.com.
How long will it take to be notified?
We are committed to notifying students of the award decision within three business days of submitting the application through the Stark State College assigned email. Once approved for funding, refunds will be sent via BankMobile.
How long will it take to receive funds?
Typical processing time for receiving funds from approved awards will be approximately one week from the date of application submission, provided there is no additional information needed and you elect direct deposit through BankMobile. Once the award has been sent to BankMobile, if you use the BankMobile account choice, you will have your funds within 24 hours. Award funds sent to your financial institution will be available in at least three business days. If you have not selected a refund preference, BankMobile will attempt to contact you via email. If you have not selected a preference by the 21st day, a paper check will be mailed out. Delivery of the check takes approximately 5-7 business days. To create or update your BankMobile account, log on to www.refundselection.com.
How long do I have to apply for fall 2020 CARES Act Emergency grant funding?
The application deadline for fall semester is Dec. 13, 2020. However, there is limited funding and it is being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.